NY Times posted an article with a ton of information from the producers of Carrie, the Musical, now playing in previews at the Lucille Lortel Theater. In interviews with the cast and crew, a much different approach was needed to bring back Carrie as a successful musical.
If the 1988 production is regarded as an apogee of camp, this Off Broadway revival is toned down — way down — and earnest in its portrayals of emotional extremes. At a recent rehearsal, for instance, the revised Act II began with Carrie and her high school classmates singing a pop-rock number about dressing up and losing weight for the prom (“I’ll be there with the best-looking guy/when we dance the last dance, I swear I’ll cry”). As for the barnyard butchery, which came from the King novel, it occurred offstage (and silently).
“From the very start I said flat out that there would not be one drop of liquid blood during the destruction,” Mr. Arima said, referring to the apocalyptic prom sequence. (Carrie does appear in a later scene in a bloody dress.) “You can render World War III onstage by dousing out one candle. If you do your job right, the candle can go out, and the audience will understand viscerally that the world has ended.”
The script revisions for the musical have mostly dealt with its toughest relationship to fathom, the sweet-and-sadomasochistic bond between Carrie and Margaret, played in the new production by the 22-year-old actress Molly Ranson and by the Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie (“Kiss Me, Kate,” “Next to Normal”). For the record Ms. Ranson, who was not born when “Carrie” ran on Broadway, and Ms. Mazzie, who saw the original, said they were not intimidated by the legacy of “Carrie” because this production is so different.
The more I read about the play, the more tempted I am to go see it. I'll wait for a couple of reviews first and hope for discounted tickets. $90 is hard to justify if it's not good.